St. Paul Provincial Grazing Reserve

St Paul

Established: 1970
Area: 26,784 acres
Terrain: Gently rolling to moderately rolling slopes, with several strong slopes
Vegetation: Developed tame pastures and deciduous upland forests
Region: Low-aspen parkland ecosystem
Nearby municipalities: 19.2 km southwest of St. Paul
Water bodies: North Saskatchewan River, Lac Bellevue, Lac Canard
Livestock management: St. Paul Grazing Reserve Association
(privatized April 1, 1999)

Maintains all fencelines, dugouts, water wells, one corral system and the buildings located at the headquarters.

Looks after livestock and maintains the tame pastures in good productive condition.

The grazing association has developed a network of upland watering sites to keep cattle out of dugouts and natural water bodies. Water sources for these sites include the various water wells and dugouts spread around the reserve.

Grazing season: Mid-May to mid-October
Cattle: Approximately 2617 cow-calf pairs and 68 bulls in an average year
Wildlife and game: Deer
Upland game birds
Recreational activities: Berry picking
Bird watching
Fishing on Lac Bellevue
Mushroom picking
Industrial activities: Natural gas wells

The St. Paul Provincial Grazing Reserve covers a total of 26,784 acres (10,839.1 hectares), of which 16,100 acres (6,515.3 hectares) have been developed into tame pastures. The reserve was created from low-quality farmland and uncleared, adjacent public land that has poor quality soils. During the 1980s, some small parcels of adjacent land were purchased and the cultivated areas seeded to tame grass.

The St. Paul Grazing Reserve Association has undertaken a number of water improvement projects in co-operation with the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA). These include pumping water from a dugout into a storage tank with the use of a windmill, siphoning water from a dugout into two large equipment tires that have been converted to storage tanks and utilizing a gravity flow system from a dugout to a water tank.

For more information on grazing cattle on the St. Paul Provincial Grazing Reserve, contact:

  • Public Lands Office in St. Paul, Alberta
    Phone: (780) 645-6336

Provincial Grazing Reserves are popular recreational sites for the general public. Following is a list of conditions that need to be adhered to when recreating on the St. Paul Provincial Grazing Reserve.

Regulatory Conditions of Recreational Access

Under Sections 9(3) and 9(4) of the Recreational Access Regulation, recreational users must:

  • Not litter;
  • Have direct control of any animal brought onto the agricultural disposition land;
  • Not park vehicles so that they block an approach to land;
  • Not enter or use any building or improvement on the disposition;
  • Not cause any damage to the agricultural disposition land or the property of the disposition holder;
  • Leave gates and other property as they were found;
  • Comply with an applicable recreational management plan, if any; and
  • Comply with the restrictions, prohibitions, terms and conditions, if any, imposed by the Local Settlement Officer, or Director.

Specific Access Conditions for this Disposition

  • LSO conditions – Foot access for recreational purposes is allowed during the grazing season (May 1 to October 31) only in pastures not occupied by livestock.
  • LSO conditions – No access is allowed to pastures where livestock are present.
  • LSO conditions – From November 1 to April 30, motorized vehicles are allowed on developed roads only.
  • LSO condition – Organized recreational groups must obtain a Letter of Authority from the Grazing Reserve office.

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Updated: Sep 4, 2015